It seems like Christmas and New Year’s were just yesterday, but in reality, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. How will you be showing your love this year? Since we all know that the best way to the heart is through the stomach, we’re betting you’re planning on some sweet treats!
So go beyond cookies or the typical box of chocolates for some tasty dishes sure to delight your valentine, whether that valentine is your husband, your kids, or your best friend! Buzzfeed put together a list of their favorites, and it inspired us to make our own. This Valentine’s Day, why not make:
Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies
We ALL get those little conversation heart candies every Valentine’s Day, but does anybody actually like them? Let’s make them better! Keep the sweet whimsy while upgrading the taste with these cool and creative cookies sure to please your sweetheart.
Candy Conversation Hearts
Is your valentine one of the few people who actually eats those conversation hearts because he likes them, not just because of tradition? Totally blow his mind and make his day by whipping up some homemade versions!
Cheesecake Conversation Hearts
Just one more twist on those conversation hearts! These ones are made from cheesecake, and are perfectly portioned for dessert-for-two. Bonus— the creator of this treat, Hungry Happenings, also offers versions that get their colors from all-natural fruit purees!
Valentine’s Day is sweet, but that doesn’t mean the food has to be! Try savory options like this simple pizza . . .
Tomato Heart Tarts
. . . these easy tarts made with tomato, mustard and puff pastry . . .
Tomato Soup and Heart-Shaped Grilled Cheese
. . . or this easy twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup!
Begin your celebrating right at the start of Valentine’s Day with some breakfast love! These heart-shaped eggs are one of the easiest ways to do it, and the clever technique makes sure even the YOLKS get in on the holiday action.
Want something just a little fancier than that last heart-egg idea? Then try this egg-in-toast recipe for a simple and special breakfast.
Pink Valentine Pancakes
Not a fan of eggs, or just want breakfast to be REALLY special? Then try these pancakes, which are not only heart-shaped, but PINK! And if your sweetie doesn’t like the color or you don’t like baking with food coloring, just leave the colorant out for natural-but-still-festive pancakes.
Easy Chocolate Croissants
Things don’t have to be heart-shaped to be perfect for the day of love! After all, what says romance more than chocolate wrapped inside a warm croissant? You can even use Valentine’s Day candy to make them!
Skip that box of chocolates everybody else buys last-minute and make THESE treats instead. The combination of chocolate and pomegranate seeds is not only delicious and romantic, they’re – dare we say it? – pretty sexy, too!
Hidden Heart Chocolate Cake
Is your love new? Are you somebody’s secret admirer? Or do you just want your Valentine’s treat to be a surprise? Then try making your sweetheart this cake that’s quite literally filled with love.
Easy Heart Cake
Feeling more out-spoken and want to just go for it with a heart-shaped cake, but don’t have a special pan? Use this method to bake it that only needs regular cake pans to make!
Cupcakes were absolutely MADE for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? These little cuties are not only topped with themed decorations, they’re actually in the shape of hearts, too!
Want to impress your valentine with a dessert that’s really special? Try making a soufflé, and not just any soufflé— a NUTELLA one!
Can’t get enough of Nutella? Then you’ll definitely want to try these panini, which also include semisweet chocolate chips for an extra-chocolatey, crispy treat.
Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
These flavors don’t scream romance— they whisper it, sweet-nothing-style. And the fact that they’re featured in a cheesecake just makes it even more special and sophisticated.
White and Dark Chocolate Pudding Parfaits
Want more desserts built for sharing during a romantic night in? Try these pudding parfaits that can be adjusted to your personal tastes – white or dark chocolate, raspberries or strawberries – and are totally easy to make . . .
Strawberry Mousse with Meringue Hearts
. . . or this decadent strawberry mousse, made with only a few common ingredients.
Need a treat that’s a little healthier but still sweet and fun? Try these strawberry “men” that will delight your kids or any valentine with a sense of humor and whimsy.